I can't tell you what program would be recommended for you. You would need to assess your personal circumstances including your motives, objective, and mission for pursuing nursing and working in the nursing profession. At 38, I would probably consider getting my BSN, because the adverse effects of bedside nursing practice, if you were planning to perform that activity, are occurring in a shorter span of time than when I entered nursing. I think that you would have a better chance of getting out of bedside nursing into an alternative setting quicker with a BSN if you felt you needed to do that. Your opportunities, I feel, are greater with a BSN. If you did not want to go back to school for another degree after the BSN, you could become certified in specialty areas or get a post baccalaureate certificate in an area. Continuing education is a must to maintain competency in a profession, and certification has been a big thing for the last several years. I think that this would give you an edge over a person with an ADN with the same speciality certifications, equal experience, skills, and abilities. In addition, large employers have increasingly placed greater emphasis on educational background in terms of promotion opportunities. Anymore, a BSN to them is a BS period. You need to realize that in the nursing profession, however, that education, by and large, does not impact pay unless you are an APN (nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist). So don't become frustrated when you find that you went to school for your BSN and are making the same as an ADN or diploma nurse
and compete for the same jobs unless otherwise specified. We all take the same state boards and work under the same nurse practice act. Best wishes.
[This message has been edited by Mijourney (edited September 14, 2000).]